Derby police seek witnesses in fatal Route 34 crash
DERBY - Detectives are still working to make a positive identification on the man who was killed after his vehicle became engulfed in flames after a head-on crash on Route 34 on Sunday morning.
The crash happened at 11:14 a.m. near Cullen’s Hill Road, near Pinkhouse Cove on the Housatonic River. The area is near the curve in the road that has been the scene of many serious accidents over the years.
“The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle heading west (into Seymour) crossed over into oncoming traffic causing it to collide with a vehicle traveling east (into Derby),” police said.
“The vehicle that crossed over immediately became engulfed in flames and the operator / sole occupant was unable to be extricated and was pronounced dead on scene,” police said.
The second vehicle's operator and occupant was transported to Yale New Haven hospital with non-life threatening injuries where they were treated and released.
The Derby and Seymour police departments’ accident reconstruction teams investigated the scene for several hours while Roosevelt Drive (Route 34) remained closed in both directions between Lakeview Terrace and Cullen's Hill Road.
Police detectives are still working to make a positive identification on the deceased male operator.
His vehicle was identified by its vehicle identification number and is registered to a prior owner as a red Honda Civic with possible after-market modifications, such as lower shocks.
Anyone who saw a similar vehicle on Route 34 around the time of the accident or witnessed the actual accident is asked to call the Derby Police Department at (203) 735-7811.